NDTV is currently running a very interesting story regarding the proposed India-Pakistan cricket series. In terms of the news item, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Shahryar Khan has returned to his country on Wednesday after a series of successful meetings with his Indian counterpart Jagmohan Dalmiya.
It has been highlighted that PCB chief reported on the progress in talks over the proposed India-Pakistan series in December. He has stated to have also told the Pakistani media, “If BCCI gives it to us in writing that they are willing to host Pakistan in India, then we might consider. I have had informal discussions with Jagmohan Dalmiya but nothing on paper, yet.”
It is interesting to note that NDTV had earlier reported that BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya was keen to have the first of the five India-Pakistan series in India and the first Test in Kolkata. It was stated that according to BCCI sources, the proposal is to have the first Test in Kolkata and the second in Mohali.
According to the MOU, this will be a two-Test series. BCCI seems to be keen on having the series in India to keep Ten Sports out. If the Indian government gives a ‘go-ahead’, then Pakistan’s home series may be played in India. For that, the Boards have to work out a revenue-sharing formula.
Furthermore, it has been claimed that the BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur has said soon there will be a second round of talks between India and Pakistan over the proposed tour.
Although it appears that more than the requirement of India, it is the burning desire of PCB to get this proposed series approved as after the attack on visiting Sri Lankan team in the past, the financial structure of the PCB has run into a serious crises situation. But the way the president of PCB has put forth his view point in front of Pakistani media that they will only play provided they get a written commitment seems a little overplayed.
Already a section of people in India are not very supportive of the very idea of holding a series among the two neighboring nations given the strained and tense border issues.
Although a lot of fans from both sides of the fans would love to see this happening. Who knows the cricket diplomacy might pave way for a better future?